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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
85
very good

474 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 30
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Innis & Gunn visit their website
United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle dated MAR 2013 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight ruby glow around some of the edges. One finger of bubbly light brown head formed from the pour and very quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Toffee, whiskey, roasted malts and brown sugar. The barrel aromas are very subdued and the base beer does not have typical stout aromas either. Not nearly as robust as I expected overall.

T - Whiskey notes up front that are much stronger than the nose indicated but still weaker than expected. Roasted malts, molasses and toffee from the base beer compliment the whiskey. The overall palate is decent but disappointing for the style (especially considering the ABV).

M - Light body with light carbonation. Very thin and watery.

T - While this was decent enough, considering the style and the price point ($5 for 12 oz.) it was extremely disappointing. This might be my last purchase of an Innis & Gunn beer.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

C63AMG, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.

This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.

I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of this particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go.

biboergosum, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2013

A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tone and three fingers of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell of vanilla, caramel malt, a bit of whiskey and oak, with faint dark dried fruits. Wouldn't have pegged this as a stout, but smells pretty good.

T - Rather sharp initial whiskey taste, with vanilla, caramel, some roasted malt and raisin.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is a bit watery.

O - Good beer, but the whiskey and other elements don't really seem to come together very well.

warnerry, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of Naugros
2.55/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola while being poured, but it comes together to make a nearly black glass of beer. The head is about half of an inch with some decent retention...enough to get some foam on my nose while grabbing my first whiff. That first whiff was pretty vinous with some roast and a load of caramel. The vanillins did their job in the cask.

I'm not fond of how the whiskey flavors and the stout married. The stout comes off as buttery and I don't believe it's from diacetyl. The whiskey is very evident but at odds with the beer. The fizziness of this thin stout leaves behind an okay mess on the tongue which is the remnants of the whiskey.

If you were hoping for an Irish Car Bomb, forget it. And although this sounds like a marriage made in heaven, it's not. In fact, there should be a divorce.

Naugros, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A dark brown with a large loose mocha head that retains quite well slowly falling to a thick film leaving just a little random lace

S dark nutty toffee with a little plum and raisin, there's some coco and earthy wood smells great

T a little licorice I didn't smell and other then that its just a little toned down compared to the nose, there's more evidence of the barrel on the finish

M light bodied for the color and just a little foamy, flavors linger long and strong

O pretty nice stuff and perhaps a new favorite from these guys, great nose and pretty well rounded in other areas

worth a try for sure at less then 5$, I like that they use a darker beer for this barrel I think that was a wise move

wordemupg, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of LiquidDegenerate
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

LiquidDegenerate, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that is rather dark brown, a tan high head that settles rather quickly leaving much lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar eggnog, including an alcohol presence.

Starting with, wood - saw dust, brown sugar, dates some bitter seed notes.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, slightly sticky and oily, a watery rather thin body, a dry short finish.

One of the better I&G, was not ruined by the oak.

rarbring, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of brownbear_19
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

brownbear_19, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

raythealeman, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of ten1965
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

ten1965, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was a bit intimidated by the clear glass bottles. Though the four pack carton was full height and presumably protected the beer from much direct light. so at the suggestion of the salesman at Whole Foods I gave it a whirl...

Not too shabby this one. Not great, but not half bad.

Pours an inky black with a decent, tightly knit tan head. left plenty of lace as it withdrew.

Smell was a tad on the light side there was a wee bit of the venerable Jameson in there but not overpowering.Some sweet malt and a faint grassy whiff of hops.

Taste was nicely dry, not cloyingly sweet as many barrel aged beers seem to be for me these days. Some hints of the turf in the front, some black coffee and a strong whisky finish when you swirl it around the mouth.

Mouthfeel was light and when swirled or swished it became quite frothy/foamy in the mouth. Abundant carbonation in this one.

Overall and interesting brew. Not good for every day but a nice change of pace.

Citadel82, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of jisak74
3/5  rDev -20.8%

jisak74, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

ThinkAgain, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of JLapadura
1/5  rDev -73.6%

JLapadura, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
4/5  rDev +5.5%

bluntedboywonder, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of flyingpig
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black, off-white to light brown headthat turns to a soapy lacing after roughly a minute.

Vanilla & butterscotch aroma followed by a strong alcohol and grain laced stout aroma of roasted malts and barely along with some coffee. It is quite sweet smelling with some oak and burnt wood.

Roasted malts and barely taste to begin with and touches of coffee. Sweet in the taste department with touches of vanilla and butterscotch.

Medium, smooth with a mildly bitter finish and a dry finish.

This one was a nice, warming beer with a good alcohol kick to it and a very sweet, smooth feel. It was a good beer and perhaps one that I would go back to again as I particularly enjoyed the smell of this one, very sweet and complex yet well balanced.

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flyingpig, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3/5  rDev -20.8%

harrylee773, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of bobbybradley
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

bobbybradley, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of harris4
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

harris4, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown ruby color. I took advantage of the tall glass I had for head retention, and there is a lot of head. Very light tan head.

I smell alcohol, a small amount of charred wood, and possibly caramel or vanilla.

Taste is smooth, slightly buttery, and reminiscent of spice cake with wood.

the feel is pretty smooth, but does include some whiskey character; there is that little kick at the end. The tingle is almost gone, which is kind of nice.

Doppelbockulus, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of tenacioustomato
3/5  rDev -20.8%

tenacioustomato, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Buster
4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A- Dark black pour, with thick tan head.

S- Malt, huge fudge-like chocolate note, vanilla, some coffee, and of course, Irish whiskey.

T- Outstanding. Not too much up front, but then, malt, chocolate, and coffee notes come through. Great stout flavor. Then, it finishes slightly bitter with a wonderful hint of that "famous Irish whiskey". Overall, it was delicious.

M- More carbonation than expected, but not aversive at all. Medium bodied.

O- Two thumbs up. It is an all around enjoyable experience, and it exceeded my expectations. My only regret was buying 4 of them. I will definitely be going back to pick up more.

Buster, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of sommersb
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 03-19-2012
Freshness: Best by 03-2013
Packaging: 330 ml clear bottle
Glassware: Innis & Gunn cervoise glass
Purchased: 4-back from Frugal MacDoogal, Nashville

Pours a dark brown, nearly black color, with garnet highlights when held to the light. The head is tan and frothy, 3+ fingers high, with good retention and excellent lacing.

Aromas include roasted malts, earthy and wood notes, plus malt sweetness. I get a little whiskey aroma, with a slight smoky smell as well.

Taste is nice and mellow - the roasted grains are there, but not much in the way of burnt bitterness. The whiskey is apparent, but doesn't come off as hot. Flavors also include chocolate and vanillas. Light hop bitterness, with the balance on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy; a medium body and just the right level of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry, a bit bitter from the roast, with oak flavors.

Overall: A very enjoyable and well-balanced stout.

sommersb, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of AleWatcher
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into innis & gunn glass.
Seemed like a good choice on which to end my St Pats weekend...

Gentle pour still resulted in a full head of 2 creamy tan fingers. Looks pretty damn nice indeed! Dark purpley red with some brown hues. Looks black until backlit.

Smells pretty dry-- some dark malt notes are nice but don't add a whole lot of sweetness-- or perhaps it's the big oakiness that dries it out? Good little whiskey bite prowling and prowling around like the troops of Midian.
The flavor has more going on than the nose: nice roasty malt profile highlighting some chocolate and caramel notes as well as a deep roasted, almost burnt bread, like pumpernickel or even dark rye. The oak dries out the finish nearly completely and adds a light touch of whiskey.

This is a beer that should probably be served at cellar temp-- don't even put this in the fridge. (damn Americans- you drink your beer too cold! Now stay off my lawn!)
As this warms, it improves tremendously and the whiskey really comes out on the finish.

The body is medium and creamy. Just spot on. It's light enough to be sessioned if it weren't for that damn ABV.

Overall-- this is better than its rated. I hope they do it again. I'd buy some.

AleWatcher, Mar 19, 2012
Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
85 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.